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30 Endangered Orangutans Endure Covid-19 Swab Tests After Staff Tested Positive

today14 September 2021

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Source: The Wellness People

Most of us might be familiar with the unpleasant feeling of having a cotton swab shoved far up into our noses by now. You might have had to do it because of a Covid scare, or even as a requirement for your job.

Some of us involuntarily tear up, others just wince and hope it’s all over soon. Of course, there are a lucky few who don’t feel any sort of discomfort. But take a step back and think about our furry friends for a second.

Imagine how these endangered orangutans felt when they were subjected to COVID-19 swab tests.

Source: Wildlife Rescue Unit Facebook

30 giant red-haired apes had to get nasal swabs done after staff at the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center in Sandakan, Sabah tested positive for COVID-19.

They were the first orangutans in Malaysia to get tested for COVID-19, something that officials deemed was necessary to help protect the species from the virus.

Fortunately the tests, which were conducted…

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Written by: Quinny Tan